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"Hyperbole and a Half" brings the laughs

The cover of "Hyperbole and a Half" features Brosh's cartoon sketches of herself and her dog, known on her blog and in the book only as "the simple dog."
Simon and Schuster 2013

Hyperbole and a Half


If you're in the mood for a book that will make you laugh until you cry, look no further than Allie Brosh's hilarious memoir, "Hyperbole and a Half: Unforunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened." Spawned from Brosh’s wildly popular blog of the same name, the book is a combination of eighteen new and previously published essays, each accompanied by crude Paintbrush drawings in which Brosh depicts herself as a cartoonish, bug-eyed character complete with her trademark triangle ponytail and pink dress. Brosh recounts in episodic snippets various stories throughout her life, from the childhood injustice of being denied birthday cake, to her ongoing trials with her two "mentally challenged" dogs, and to a traumatizing incident involving a homicidal goose that will have readers rolling with laughter.

Even when delving into darker topics, such as her personal struggle with depression, Brosh manages to convey her stories with humor, both through her drawings and her prose: "trying to use willpower to overcome the apathetic sort of sadness that accompanies depression is like a person with no arms trying to punch themselves until their hands grow back. A fundamental component of the plan is missing and it isn't going to work."

With hilarious drawings and relatable stories of the awkward situations of everyday life, Brosh's collection is guaranteed to deliver laughs and leave readers begging for more.